Reiki Training to Reach the Master Level
Because of the energies that become available to use and the nature of the master level, Reiki training is an ongoing process that involves continuous personal growth. With the use of the master symbol and master attunement, a person will receive the opportunity to open up more completely to the type of limitless potential that’s found within Reiki in order to develop the qualities that are contained in the energy of Reiki attunement.
The Different Levels of Reiki
Learning more about the different levels of Reiki can give you a better understanding of what Reiki is all about and it can also help those students interested in learning how to become a master to find their path.
Typically, there are three levels that can be attained. These three levels are centered on the empowerment or attunement process, combined with practice and education. While there are some components that are pretty standard in reaching each of these levels, there’s a wide variance in the way many reiki practitioners arrange their programs.
Attunement is what makes Reiki so unique compared to other types of energy work or healing touch methods. The Reiju is a type of healing ceremony that’s performed by the master and it expands and opens a person’s main energy channels, allowing their chi to flow more deeply and freely.
Reiki is very healing and also works to heal any blockages. The result is significant changes in a person’s energy and an intense period of self-growth.
Here is a breakdown of the different Reiki levels and attunements:
The first level is referred to as the first degree of Reiki. Level one is the student’s initiation into Reiki. This level is open to anyone. The focus with this level is opening the energy channels, allowing the student to connect to universal life force energy. This energy flows from the crown chakra, down to the hands and heart.
During this level, a master will emphasize the goal of cleansing the body of negative energy and toxins, encouraging students to focus on practicing Reiki daily, which will allow them to work through any obstacles. During the first attunement, many students will experience physical symptoms of energy, such as tingling. Usually, the first level will also include education regarding the origins of Reiki, group and self-practice and hand placements.
The second level is usually defined by a focus on practicing Reiki on fellow students as well as the expansion of energy channels. A student will also receive level two attunement and Reiki symbols. These symbols will allow the student to connect to universal energy on a deeper level. Symbol use will also allow the student to draw on the different qualities that the symbol represents. Often, this can include the ability to send healing energy or provide distance Reiki to people wherever in the world they might be.
This symbol can also be used to clear blocked energy across physical locations and time. Because of the high intensity of this process, some masters recommend that at least one month passes between the first and second levels of attunement. However, some masters will combine level one and two into one class or can even teach both levels over a single weekend. The second level of attunement is usually given in a single attunement session, with the master focusing on opening the central channel chakra. Usually, this level will include the practice of invoking qualities, drawing symbols and distance healing.
The third level of Reiki and the master level are the same. However, many masters will teach the third level separate from the master level. Doing so will emphasize the differences between being trained in attuning new practitioners and students and receiving the master attunement.
Traditionally, the master level is considered the teacher’s level. While many students will receive this master level of attunement and the corresponding symbol, it’s very common for students at this level to not feel practiced or comfortable when it comes to attuning others, which is why many masters will place a distinction between the master level and the third level.
These levels are designed to provide organization of progression towards the master level. These courses are organized and taught in a wide variety of methods and because of this, it’s important for the aspiring student to research and find a format that works for them.
Understanding the Reiki Master
You must first consider all of the Reiki energy aspects. Aside from the potential to heal physical and mental illness, Reiki also offers unlimited wisdom, compassion, peace, joy and love and people often experience these qualities of Reiki soon after completing the first level.
These qualities are especially apparent when a person meditates on the source of Reiki. When meditating through this energy, many students are lifted up into a safer place where they will feel cared for completely and will become aware of all the possibilities that come from within.
When a student contemplates these things it will be almost too easy to become overwhelmed with confidence and optimism concerning all the changes in life that can be experienced.
The Reiki master is also referred to as the Shinpiden. The name actually means mystery teaching. The mystery the name refers to involves the mystery of God’s wisdom, power and love.
When a person receives the attunement that empowers the master level it, in turn, creates the possibility for the master to become aware of the ultimate reality, which is expressed in the definition of the master symbol. The master symbol indicates that it represents the part of the self that’s enlightened. At the master level, a person is actually connecting with their enlightened self, which is the true source of energy. Reiki energy comes from the most important part and the deepest part of a person’s nature.
Reiki energy comes to the student by the grace of God. This is the same grace that will foster a person’s growth and healing. But development does not automatically take place. The art of Reiki respects a person’s free will, never forcing development, but if a person seeks it and uses it, and then they will be guided into a greater healing experience.